Oncology services at Good Samaritan Hospital are provided utilizing a multidisciplinary
approach to the screening, diagnosis and treatment of patients with cancer.
Patients receive comprehensive care, including state-of-the-art diagnostic
services, a full complement of chemotherapy protocols, radiation therapy,
surgery and hormone therapy as required. The latest treatment protocols
are available at Good Samaritan Hospital further supported by specialized
expertise in cancers of the brain, breast, digestive system and prostate.
A multi-disciplinary team of oncologists work closely with pathologists,
radiologists, surgeons and other specialists to ensure that optimal treatment
regimens are provided. Physicians trained in the most advanced surgical
and noninvasive treatment methods participate in treatment discussions
Among the leading edge medical technologies employed by Good Samaritan
Hospital's oncologists to maximize the potential for full recovery
and improved survival rates are:
The Gamma Knife
, which is used to diminish and eradicate brain tumors; the
Integrated Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT); advanced, high-energy linear
accelerators that safely deliver finely targeted radiation;a state-of-the-art
computerized treatment planning unit, used by the hospital's radiation
physicists to precisely map each patient's course of treatment; a
brachytherapy program, which utilizes radioactive "seeds" to
treat prostate, breast and gynecological tumors. partial beam radiation
using High Dose Rate radiation used in treatment of breast cancer is also
Diagnoses are made using the most recent and least invasive methods possible,
including stereotactic core biopsy and laposcopic surgical procedures.
Prostate cancers is treated using surgery or high-dose rate brachytherapy
(HDR), external beam radiation or a combination of other treatment modalities
such as permanent seed implants and cryotherapy.
Good Samaritan Hospital maintains a Commission on Cancer Approvals Program
The Cancer Data Center is the oldest cancer registry west of the Mississippi.
It collects oncology data for further medical research, benefiting patients,
professional staff, and the communities we serve. Our Cancer Registry
is a Commission on Cancer (CoC) Approved Program.
The Approvals Program encourages hospitals, treatment centers, and other
facilities to improve their quality of patient care through various cancer-related
programs. These programs are concerned with prevention, early diagnosis,
pretreatment evaluation, staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, surveillance
for recurrent disease, support services, and end-of-life care. The availability
of a full range of medical services, along with a multidisciplinary team
approach to patient care at approved cancer programs, has resulted in
approximately 80% of all newly diagnosed cancer patients being treatment
in CoC-approved cancer programs.
Obtaining care at a CoC-approved cancer program ensures that one will receive
- Quality care close to home. Comprehensive care offering a range of state-of-the-art
services and equipment.
- A multidisciplinary, team approach to coordinate the best cancer treatment
- Access to cancer-related information, education, and support.
- A cancer registry that collects data on cancer type, stet and treatment
results, and offers lifelong patient follow-up.
- Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care.
- Information about clinical trials and new treatment options.
Approval by the CoC is granted to those facilities that have voluntarily
committed to provide the best in cancer diagnosis and treatment and are
willing to comply with established CoC standards. Each cancer program
must undergo a rigorous evaluation and review of its performance and compliance
with the CoC standards. To maintain approval, facilities with approved
cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every 3 years.
The structure outlined in CoC Cancer Program Standards 2012, Ensuring Patient-Centered
Care ensures that each cancer program seeking approval provides all patients
with a full range of diagnostic, treatment, and supportive services either
on site at the facility or by referral.
There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-approved cancer programs in the
United States and Puerto Rico, representing close to 30% of all hospitals.
These programs are supported by a network of more than 1,600 volunteer
physician representatives (cancer liaison physicians) appointed by cancer
program leadership to maintain cancer program approval or establish a
new program as well as to work with the local ACS on the cancer-control
activities for the community.